Sabotage Or Accidental Shoot-Down?

Posted January 9th, 2020 by Iron Mike

Did jittery Iranian air defense crews mistake Ukrainian Flight 752 for an attacking US military aircraft?  Did they just create their own version of their 1988 Flight 655?
As advanced militaries like the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China sell modern arms to 3rd World nations,  there is a real problem with training 3rd World troops when NOT to shoot.  It has happened before:

Thursday, 1 September 1983:  Korean Air Flight 007 from JFK to Seoul via Anchorage strayed over both the Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, and then over Russia’s Sakhalin Island.  The Russian Air Force shot it down believing it was a US intelligence flight.   269 people were killed including US Congressman Larry McDonald – a Blue Dog Democrat from Atlanta.

During the later days of the long Iran-Iraq war – both sides attempted to inflict economic damage on the other by using military force against tankers in the Persian Gulf. 

The Iranians had a tactical advantage – with it’s long coast line,  the ability to lay mines,  attack tankers by speedboats and aircraft.

President Reagan reflagged tankers as US vessels, – and sent the Navy to guard their safe passage.  One of those Navy ships would end up shooting down an Iranian civilian airliner – Flight 655,  – with the loss of all 290 aboard.

The issue of how Flight 655 was shot down was never settled. 

Likely the Iranian pilots were unaware of the immense combat power the US Navy had in the waters just below them,  – and they certainly failed to squawk the correct IFF code,  – and failed to answer any of the ten (10) urgent calls from the Vincennes.

In the Fog of War, – civilians are usually the first casualties.

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UPDATE:  Tuesday, 21 Jan 2019   Iran (with Russia) finally admits that their crew shot down Flight 752 – using their Russian-supplied Tor-M1 missiles. It was – and remains – a predictable outcome of supplying 3rd World Muslims with 21st Century weaponry, – when they can barely read,  – and don’t give a damn in the first place.

2 Responses to “Sabotage Or Accidental Shoot-Down?”

  1. Sherox

    Or could it have been a set up for Trump because the Bush/Clinton/Obama/Soros cartel actually were convinced that trigger happy Trump would shoot back that night?

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    Interesting hypothesis Sherox,…but by now you’d think they would have studied the man enough to know he shoots back on Twitter, – but WAITS for all the FACTS before launching military action.

    FYI, for YEARS the Iranians have been all over RRB – almost hourly, – to learn what we conservatives think about issues…. They’re NOT total fools….

  2. panther 6

    It is beginning to look more and more like an accidental shoot down by a jittery Iranian troop. Can’t believe the imams would have ordered this. The results of that could be catastrophic for Iran.